After taking an all-night train to Chiang Mai, we spent a couple of days exploring the many temples in town and enjoying the night markets and food. We then took a public bus and taxi to Tha Ton, near the border with Myanmar.
Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, was our first stop in the country. It is a large city with many dirt roads off the major streets. During our two days there, we visited reminders of the Killing Fields period of the country’s history.
We left Phnom Penh at sunrise on a boat that took us five hours up the Tonle Sap River to Siem Reap, the nearest city to Angkor Wat. We each bought three day passes to the Angkor temples, which cover an area of 77 square miles.
We took a 12 hour all night train from Bangkok to Surat Thani, on the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. From there, we boarded a ferry for a five hour trip to Ko Pha Ngan.
After arriving in Japan, we spent the first three days in Tokyo. We visited several of the city sights, including the zoo, Ginza and Shinjuku. We also took a day trip to Nikko, which was a two hour train ride each way.
Our first extended bullet train ride to Hiroshima was a great event. We went right by Mt Fuji as we sped south toward Hiroshima. Once there, we spent time exploring the beauty of Miyajima Island and also visiting the important and sobering sights associated with the atomic bombing at the end of World War II. We found Hiroshima to be a very enlightening place.
We began our second week in Japan by visiting Kyoto and the wonderful temples in the city. Also included in our time there was a day trip to Nara. Then we took a train trip, along the Japan Sea, to Takayama, located in the mountains. The move to a more rural area was a welcome change and the kids enjoyed an afternoon in the park.
Our last stop before returning to Tokyo was in Nagano, the site of the 1998 Olympic Games. In addition to visiting this city and large temple, we took a day trip to Matsumoto to visit one of the few surviving castles in Japan.
Beijing was the first stop on our three week trip. We visited the Forbidden City in addition to our day trip to the Great Wall.
«Beijing and The Great Wall Xian – Terracotta Warriors» [Show picture list] 26 – 27 September 2001 We left Beijing’s West Train Station at 12:45pm on Wednesday to begin our …